THOUGHTS for the WEEK

 
QUOTES & INTERESTING ARTICLES BROUGHT TO YOU EVERY WEEK 
TO INSPIRE YOU, ENCOURAGE YOU AND MAKE YOU THINK.
               
                      

                                        

Thank You, Lord

posted 7 Sep 2018, 22:30 by C S Paul

Thank You, Lord
-Author Unknown

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings. Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible. Thank you, Lord, that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising. Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and my children are so loud.

Thank you, Lord, for my family. There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the picture in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced.

Thank you, Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job often is monotonous. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest.

Thank you, Lord, for life.

When I Speak Your Name in Prayer

posted 18 Aug 2018, 00:00 by C S Paul

When I Speak Your Name in Prayer 
Linda Oliver

I'd like to sit you down and tell you everything's okay
And have the strength enough to pull you through another day
I'd like to help you to believe that this will be all right
And that you will not have to spend another sleepless night

I'd like to hold your hand and wipe the teardrops from your eyes
And help you just to sort things out while you question why
I'd like to try and lift the load and carry it for you
And truly help you understand just what you're going through

I'd like to have the words to make this trouble disappear
And give you peace of mind so you won't shed another tear
I'd like to have the magic touch to take away your pain
And help you see the blue sky just beyond this blinding rain

But sometimes what we say or do just cannot be enough
To ease another's passage through a trail so dark and rough
There is one thing I know will help much more than I can say
And rest assured that I will do it when I kneel to pray

I will take your name before the Father as I seek His face
And ask Him to enfold you in His arms of warm embrace
There's no one who can comfort you quite like the Father can
And surely carry you across this dark and frightening span

Although, I dearly care for you and want to help so much
I know that what you really need is in the Father's touch
So, I will take you to the throne and leave you in His care
I know He will deliver, when I speak your name in prayer

The Hidden treasure in each of us

posted 14 Apr 2018, 09:00 by C S Paul

The Hidden treasure in each of us
Author Unknown  
   
A man was exploring caves by the seashore. In one of the caves he found a canvas bag with a bunch of hardened clay balls. It was like someone had rolled clay balls and left them out in the sun to bake. They didn't look like much, but they intrigued the man so he took the bag out of the cave with him. 

As he strolled along the beach, he would throw the clay balls one at a time out into the ocean as far as he could. He thought little about it until he dropped one of the balls and it cracked open on a rock. Inside was a beautiful, precious stone.

Excited the man started breaking open the remaining clay balls. Each contained a similar treasure.

He found thousands of dollars worth of jewels in the 20 or so clay balls he had left. Then it struck him. He had been on the beach a long time. He had thrown maybe 50 or 60 of the clay balls with their hidden treasure into the ocean waves. Instead of thousands of dollars in treasure, he could have taken home tens of thousands, but he just threw it away.

It's like that with people. We look at someone, maybe even ourselves, and we see the external clay vessel. It doesn't look like much from the outside. It isn't always beautiful or sparkling so we discount it. We see that person as less important than someone more beautiful or stylish or well known or wealthy. But we have not taken the time to find the treasure hidden inside that person by God.

There is a treasure in each and every one of us. If we take the time to get to know that person, and if we ask God to show us that person the way He sees them, then the clay begins to peel away and the brilliant gem begins to shine forth.

May we not come to the end of our lives and find out that we have thrown away a fortune in friendships because the gems were hidden in bits of clay.

May we see the people in our world as God sees them.

Special Gift Ideas That Cost You Nothing

posted 9 Mar 2018, 03:31 by C S Paul

Special Gifts Ideas That Cost You Nothing

1) THE GIFT OF LISTENING...

But you must REALLY listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

2) THE GIFT OF AFFECTION... 

Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3) THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER... 

Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

4) THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE... 

It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5) THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT... 

A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.

6) THE GIFT OF A FAVOUR... 

Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

7) THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE... 

There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8) THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION... 

The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it's not that hard to say, "Hello" or "Thank you." 

Dare To Be

posted 1 Mar 2018, 22:21 by C S Paul

Dare To Be
Steve Maraboli

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to Be!

You learn that ....

posted 23 Feb 2018, 08:00 by C S Paul

You learn that ....
-Veronica A. Shoftstall

After awhile you learn the subtle difference between holding a hand and chaining a soul.

And you learn that love doesn’t mean security,

And you begin to learn that kisses aren’t contracts

And presents aren’t promises.

And you begin to accept your defeats with you head up and your eyes open.

With the grace of maturity, not the grief of a child.

And you learn to build all your roads on

Today because tomorrow’s ground is too uncertain for plans,

And futures have a way of falling down in mid-flight.

After awhile you learn that even sunshine burns if you get too much.

So you plant your own garden and decorate your own soul,

Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.

And you learn that you really can endure…

That you really are strong

And that you really do have worth.

And you learn and learn and learn ….

With every goodbye you learn.

What God will ask ....

posted 16 Feb 2018, 03:03 by C S Paul

What God will ask ....

God won't ask what you did to protect your rights.
        He will ask what you did to protect the right of others.

God won't ask what neighborhood you lived in.
        He will ask what other neighborhoods you visited.

God won't ask how many times you told the truth.
        He will ask how many times you told a lie.

God won't ask about the color of your skin.
        He will ask about the color of your heart.

God won't ask how many times your deeds matched your words.
        He will ask how many times they didn't.

God won't ask what social class you were in.
        He will ask what kind of 'class' you displayed.

God won't ask what kind of fancy car you drove.
        He will ask how many people you took to church who didn't have transportation.

God won't ask how many material possessions you had. 
        He will ask whether those material possessions dictated your life. 

God won't ask how many promotions you received.
        He will ask what you did to promote others.

God won't ask what your job title was.
        He will ask did you perform your job to the best of your ability.

God won't ask how many promotions you took to chase a dollar bill.
        He will ask how many promotions you refused, to advance your family's quality of life.

God won't ask how many times you didn't run around on your spouse.
        He will ask how many times you did.

God won't ask what your parents did to help you.
        He will ask what you did to help your parents.

God won't ask what you did to help yourself.
        He will ask what you did to help others.

God won't ask how many friends you had.
        He will ask how many people you were a friend to. 

Benefits of growing older.

posted 2 Feb 2018, 04:42 by C S Paul

Benefits of growing older.

 - Unknown -

Do you think you're any wiser today than you were five years ago? 

Do you think you'll be wiser still in another five years? 

I hope the answer to both questions is an emphatic "yes." 

One of the benefits of growing older is getting better. And we get better by learning.

I'm not just talking about new facts, like how a volcanic eruption in Iceland can prevent airline traffic in most of Europe.

I'm talking about learning basic nuggets of wisdom that can change our lives.

For starters, I've learned that as long as I'm willing to learn, I can learn, and the fact that I'm wiser today doesn't mean I was foolish or incompetent before.

I've learned that you don't have to be sick to get better.

I've learned that no matter how old I am, my life and character are works in process and that there will always be a gap between who I am and who I want to be.

I've learned that it's easy to mask moral compromises with rationalizations and that my character is revealed not by my words or intentions but by my willingness to do the right thing even when it costs more than I want to pay.

I've learned that my character is more important than my competence and that being significant is more important than being successful.

I've learned that I often judge myself by my good intentions but that I'll be judged by my last worst act.

I've learned that the surest road to happiness is good relationships and that striving to be a good person is the surest road to good relationships.

Finally, I've learned that pain is inevitable but suffering is optional and that it's not what happens to me that matters most but what happens in me.

At all times, Dare to Be!

posted 26 Jan 2018, 08:17 by C S Paul

At all times, Dare to Be!
Steve Maraboli

When a new day begins, dare to smile gratefully.

When there is darkness, dare to be the first to shine a light.

When there is injustice, dare to be the first to condemn it.

When something seems difficult, dare to do it anyway.

When life seems to beat you down, dare to fight back.

When there seems to be no hope, dare to find some.

When you’re feeling tired, dare to keep going.

When times are tough, dare to be tougher.

When love hurts you, dare to love again.

When someone is hurting, dare to help them heal.

When another is lost, dare to help them find the way.

When a friend falls, dare to be the first to extend a hand.

When you cross paths with another, dare to make them smile.

When you feel great, dare to help someone else feel great too.

When the day has ended, dare to feel as you’ve done your best.

Dare to be the best you can –

At all times, Dare to Be!

You can.... While others are ...

posted 19 Jan 2018, 03:41 by C S Paul

You can.... While others are ...
                                   By William Arthur Ward

Believe while others are doubting.

Plan while others are playing.

Study while others are sleeping.

Decide while others are delaying.

Prepare while others are daydreaming.

Begin while others are procrastinating.

Work while others are wishing.

Save while others are wasting.

Listen while others are talking.

Smile while others are frowning.

Commend while others are criticizing.

Persist while others are quitting.

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